Terre'Blanche caught by surprise - expert

2011-10-18 23:26

Ventersdorp - Murdered rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was caught by surprise when he was attacked in his North West farmhouse, an expert said on Tuesday.

"There is no blood stain evidence to show the person fought back indicating he was taken by surprise," police blood spatter expert Lieutenant Colonel ol Ian van der Nest told the High Court sitting in Ventersdorp.

"Had the deceased launched self-defence he would have sustained some injuries to the arm."

Van der Nest said it was not clear if rightwing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche was asleep when he was attacked.

"All I can say for sure is that he was lying down in a position similar to the way he was found,"

When defence lawyer Norman Arendse asked how he could be sure about this, Van der Nest said: "Logic."

Farmworker Chris Mahlangu and a minor are accused of beating and hacking Terre'Blanche to death in his farmhouse in North West in April last year.

Both have pleaded not guilty to murder, housebreaking and attempted robbery with aggravating circumstances.

Van der Nest said blood spatter evidence showed that the 69-year-old Terre'Blanche was lying on his bed when he was struck repeatedly with extreme force. A heavy instrument used to beat him was swung like a baseball bat at a 90° angle.

His evidence revealed that self-defence was unlikely as there were no injuries on the former Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) leader’s arms.

The mattress, on which the body lay, was soaked in blood and Van der Nest dismissed suggestions that Terre'Blanche could have been hit while standing and then fell onto the bed.

Van der Nest said evidence revealed that Terre'Blanche's pants were open and his genitals exposed before he was killed, and that blood was found on his penis.

Sex allegations emerged after the murder when police commissioner General Bheki Cele said a condom was found on the scene.

Arendse earlier said there were allegations of verbal, physical and sexual abuse, and that potential witnesses were afraid to testify.

He did not say who was sexually abused.

Underpants on bed post

On Tuesday, police witness Captain Jacobus Rautenbach said sperm was seen on Terre'Blanche's genitals.

"I also saw on the genitals that there was sperm on the tip of the penis."

Rautenbach was one of several police officers who attended the crime scene. While recalling how the bedroom looked on April 3 last year, he remembered that Terre’Blanche's underpants were hanging on the bed post.

The captain said the two accused of killing Terre'Blanche went all out to destroy him.

"They went there with the intention to maim him. They wanted to destroy him."

Arendse said he could not continue with the cross-examination until Rautenbach’s diary for last year and other documents were made available to him.

The witness was asked to stand down and would be called back when the documents were available to the defence.

Mahlangu has said he was sorry about the incident.

"He is bitterly, bitterly sorry about the incident," said his lawyer Kgomotso Tlouane.

He said the more Mahlangu heard in court about the murder, the more sorry he felt.

Mahlangu claims he acted in self-defence while the 16-year-old denies involvement in the murder.

  • Julie - 2011-10-19 02:38

    Mahlangu feels sorry? For the manner in which he and the minor savagely attacked a sleeping man? I somehow don't think so - I think he is just damned sorry that he and his accomplice were caught and now face the consequences of their "heroic" actions...

      Koos - 2011-10-19 07:07

      The cowards attacked a sleeping unarmed old's the nature of the South African indigenous tribes that were sent running by the stronger tribes up north...we were lumped with the lesser inferior ones to stuff up our country.

      Koos - 2011-10-19 07:10

      Sperms? I can tell that George is a product of a top notch education system. He'll go to the top of his road and back.

      roboman1 - 2011-10-19 07:33

      did not like Terreblanche one bit, he was everything I despise in people, biggoted, self serving, hypocritcal etc etc, but these two murderers need to serve maximum time for their brutal, cold blooded attack on what was probably a sleeping Terreblanche. They sound like absolute animals. This is murder in the worst degree. Who has not had sperm at the end of their penis??? Hello, their is no crime to having sperm on the tip of your penis, if that was a crime we would all be in prison. Sunday afternoon, lying on his own bed, in his own house in his own room, the man is entitled to have sperm on his penis! So, this is not whether we like or dislike Terreblanche, this is about two brutal people serving time for their crime!

      Hugh - 2011-10-19 07:37

      Sorry George but you are as dumb as the the rest of the people that rule the country. Did you you know that upon death a person [any mammal] urinates. They say that sperm was found on the tip of penis. This may indicate that the sperm was not his. The want and action of urniation after sex also washes the penis out. Have you ever had sex not to have noticed this simple fact? Another thing did you know that even old men masterbate. Yours an others ignorance gets my gall.

      Oboa - 2011-10-19 07:58

      George, you belong 6 feet under.

      Peter - 2011-10-19 08:26

      Sounds to me like he was having a lonely Sunday after dop, followed by a wank, which put him to sleep. So what, he had no idea he would then be murdered in cold blood. Terrorblanche is not unlike Juli-arse Malenema. Both are loved AND hated. Neither deserve to be killed in cold blood.

  • Joe - 2011-10-19 06:35

    @George, you are sick oke, you need help urgently.

      Albert - 2011-10-19 07:44

      A sick and filthy f--k. H also knows a lot about prison sex.?

  • frans.visserdsb - 2011-10-19 07:15

    Can someone please answer this question? how can 2 farmworkers afford a heavyweight lawyer like Norman Arendse? Is he working pro bono? if not, who is paying his bills? I for one would like to know because that could show political support for the murder of a political figure... which would have severe implications. I did not agree with ET's political position, but murder is unacceptable...

      Felix - 2011-10-19 08:58


  • Kelly - 2011-10-19 07:27

    George, wether you supported ET's views or not - personally I didn't, but what happened there is sick, and an indication of how low morals have dropped in this country. To hack an old man while he is lying in bed with a panga should be given the death penalty. These perpetrators might be the same ones, or related to ones that one day hack your family to pieces - god forbid. Think of the crime, not who the victim was.

  • Celine - 2011-10-19 07:31

    George, you made my day with "sperms". Thanks, needed the laugh. Honestly, if you do not have anything worthwhile to say, don`t comment. Whatever Terreblanche might have done does not justify being murdered this way. I think there is a lot of facts that will most likely never come to light as it is being covered up. Like Frans says, who is paying for the top notch lawyer these poor uneducated murderers have?

  • Steven - 2011-10-19 08:53

    Matthew 26:52 Jesus said to him, "Put your sword back in its place! Everyone who uses a sword will be killed by a sword. ------------------------------------------ We all know that ET was never an innocent person. Who was supposed to kill him anyway?

      Gary - 2011-10-19 09:16

      Thats God's jurisdiction not yours.

      Merven - 2011-10-19 12:38

      So Steve, and what about terrorists like Mandela etc?

  • Sam - 2011-10-19 09:04

    1) Spend whole life discriminating and oppressing a particular race. 2) Get killed by someone of that race. The surprise is that it took so long for his chickens to come home to roost.

      Johan - 2011-10-19 09:36

      ...since 1994 the ANC are doing the same... ...the ANC discriminates and oppresses minority groups in this country... ...remember AA and BEE..??

      Gary - 2011-10-19 10:18

      Did you know this discriminator, and oppressor? You make a comment judging him, as if he deserved a brutal murder. I wonder what kind of punishment will be suitable for your sins.

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